THOUSANDS of schoolchildren dressed up as their heroes in memory of a fallen marine.
Park Gate Primary School teacher Danny Glavin decided to honour his friend Marine Richard Hollington by organising Hero Days at schools across the area.
So far 28 schools have signed up and the first official Hero Day was held on Friday.
All the money raised from the events – which will continue at schools throughout the summer and autumn terms – will go to forces charity Help for Heroes, which Mne Hollington’s family has chosen to support.
They have so far raised £92,000 far and hope to reach £100,000 by the anniversary of his death in June.
Mr Glavin, 24, said: ‘The day was superb.
‘Seeing the children dressed as all different heroes for all different reasons was brilliant.
‘Some came as sports stars, and we had Albert Einstein, Neil Armstrong and Admiral Lord Nelson.
‘But we also had children with T-shirts with photos of loved ones serving in the armed forces who they look up to and admire.
‘Some were dressed as their parents in builders hats and nurses outfits.
‘It was a really big success.
‘I have been delighted and overwhelmed by the support I have received from schools across the area.
‘It has been fantastic to be able to fund-raise in Rich’s honour and help raise money for the brave men and women who risk their lives for our country.’
Mne Hollington, 23, from Petersfield, became the 300th member of the armed forces to die in Afghanistan after being fatally injured last year.
The children at Park Gate raised more than £400 on the Hero Day.
If your school is interested in taking part email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To sponsor Mr Glavin go to virginmoneygiving.com/helpforheroes.